One of the key principles of homeopathy is individualisation and your path to health will be unique. When sick, no two people have the same set of identical symptoms. For example, if two patients were suffering with an earache, both would express their symptoms differently. One may have a sudden onset of throbbing, unbearable pain, a high fever, hot, flushed, face and be worse for heat, while another may have chronic earache with a stopped up ear and hearing loss and be worse for cold. In homeopathy therefore, there isn’t just one remedy for an ear infection – homeopathic medicines are prescribed for the individual and their particular set of symptoms.
What also makes homeopathy different from conventional medicine is that it focuses on the ‘whole person’ and a patient’s mental and emotional symptoms are just as important as the physical ones.
The first consultation normally takes a bit longer to allow me to gain an in-depth understanding of you or your children’s complete state of health (up to 1.5 hours). I will ask a wide range of questions around your physical, mental and emotional condition, as well as your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality traits, sleep patterns and medical history. This picture will be matched to the symptoms of the illness in order to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic medicine.
Treatment normally involves a minimum of three visits for a chronic complaint with 4-6 weeks between them depending on the severity of the complaint. At each appointment I will review your progress and fine-tune the treatment according to your current symptoms.
Acute consultations for minor ailments are shorter and normally take 15-30 minutes.
What does treatment involve?
I will give you a homeopathic remedy that matches your symptoms. The remedy will be given with clear instructions on how and when to take it. Unlike conventional medicine, it is common to be given just one dose of the remedy. After taking your remedy you may notice some changes. It is important to let me know of any changes and it sometimes helps to bring notes to your next appointment.
How long will treatment take?
This depends very much on what sort of illness you have, as well as other characteristics of your case. Therefore, I cannot assess this until I see how you respond to your remedies. Acute complaints may be cured instantly but, in general, a long-standing complaint will not disappear immediately, although there may be a response and some improvement quite soon.